Recently I had the opportunity to acquire a boatload of magazines from a collector here in Auckland and along with titles I knew well such as Airliners and Airways there was another American magazine I was not familiar with - Airline Quarterly. In hindsight this isn't such a surprise as I was an infant when it was published and it lasted for only a few years. Nonetheless reading through it appears very much to be a forerunner of its better known descendants.
So many aviation magazines have come and gone but few were as excellent and useful as WAFNews. Even more the magazine was a labour of love of one man for its entire run spanning nearly 25 years. Before the web, if you wanted to know what was going on in any detail you had to get WAFnews.
Research is key when I’m writing content for my aviation history blog and although the web does provide a wealth of great information you still can’t beat the printed word for a lot of the details. A core part of my library is made up of aviation magazines, mostly ones that are now out of print. This post is the first part of a series where I'll look at the most important titles of yesteryear that are well worth getting hold of.